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First quarter awards

Posted on: November 26, 2010 5:00 pm
Have to have these with report cards, right? So here goes. My picks for the individual hardware after 20-odd games.

Hart Trophy (MVP): Steven Stamkos. The 50 goals in 50 games watch is on for him. Stankos is leading the Lightning to a possible division title and is now in all conversations about the game’s best player.  Runners-up are Sidney Crosby and Mike Richards.

Vezina Trophy (Goaltender):  Tim Thomas. The 36-year-old has had a remarkable turnaround season and is making the Bruins a real threat in the East. LA’s Jonathan Quick has been outstanding as well and so has Montreal’s Carey Price.

Norris Trophy  (Defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer is still playing like he’s 10 years younger than he is, and being a dictating force for a Red Wings team that is aiming at another Stanley Cup. Meanwhile give credit to Dustin Byfuglien for how his production after switching back to the blue line and to Boston's Zdeno Chara for doing his thing for the Bruins.

Calder Trophy (Rookie): Logan Couture. He’s not the leading scorer among the freshman, but he has put up some key points and is playing in more and more important situations for the Sharks. Jeff Skinner in Carolina has had electrifying moments and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is a big reason the Flyers are in first place.

Jack Adams Award (Coach): Guy Boucher. He’s taken what Steve Yzerman gave him and turned the Lightning into a very good team and very fast. Scott Arniel has been no slouch either in Columbus, while the job Terry Murray is doing in Los Angeles shouldn’t be overlooked.

Lady Byng Trophy (Sportsmanship): Martin St. Louis. He gets a lot of ice time for Tampa Bay and takes very few penalties, and most important puts up lots of points. Runners-up are Patrick Sharp of Chicago and Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom.

Selke Trophy (Defensive forward): Mike Richards. The Flyers captain does it all at both ends of the ice and has become one of the game’s best young leaders. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk still has no peer at pilfering pucks and Vancouver’s Manny Malhotra is one of the top shutdown guys in the league.
Category: NHL

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 1:57 pm

First quarter awards

Unfortunately i am a homer, i root and believe the Canadiens are better than most teams. But the nominees are solid picks.

Coaches I would nominate for the Jack Adams award: Scott Arniel/ /Jacques Martin
Calder nominees (2): Jeff Skinner/PK Subban i cannot include Sergei Bobrovsky for i think he will tank out soon enough.
Hart: So long as Stamkos continues to stay hot, you cannot pick anyone else to edge him out on this one.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 1:50 pm

First quarter awards

  Tim Thomas for the Vezina? Come on bro! The Canadiens are leading the division and Carey Price has played all but two games, you can't avoid putting him above Quick (who splits with Bernier) and Thomas (who splits with Rask). Regardless of Thomas' hot start, there is no way Thomas will maintain his current stats (which include like 3 or 4 shutouts in the first 8 games).

In the long run, Price will sustain more of his current statistics than the other two counterparts.

Furthermore, regarding the Selke Trophy, i believe what should be incorporated is penalty kill performance, in which case Tom Pyatt should be nominated, with the Canadiens holding the No.1 penalty kill in the league, someone there has to be credited for outstanding defensive performance from an offensive player.

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